Suspects sought in theft of golf balls at Quail Valley |

Suspects sought in theft of golf balls at Quail Valley

Owners of the Quail Valley Golf Course got an unpleasant surprise Thursday morning.

At driving ranges, golf balls often are left on the course overnight and are collected in the morning. But during the night, someone came onto the course on Auburn Road just south of the Nevada County Fairgrounds and stole an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 golf balls off the range.

Owner Tom Conway and his wife, Vicki, arrived at about 8:20 a.m. Thursday and discovered the loss.

“They picked one side clean,” Vicki Conway said. “They did a really good job. I would hire them. … It was amazing.”

She estimated the loss at about $800.

It’s unlikely the balls were stolen for resale, because they are used and marked as golf course property, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said, adding he was concerned they would be used for acts of vandalism.

“The last time this happened, in about 2000, it happened to a lot of golf courses,” Vicki Conway said. At that time, the golf balls were then thrown at vehicles.

Anyone with information of the purloined golf balls was urged to call (530) 265-7880.

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